As I see and hear about people discouraged by their inability to find that special someone to spend the rest of their lives with, I realize just how incredibly fortunate I am. Certainly I did nothing to warrant being blessed with the "love of my life". In fact, I often feel terrible about how I have burdened my wife with all my various physical maladies and other issues.
I realize just two days ago there was indeed a perfect wedding that took place in Great Britain. I am honestly very blessed for the two people involved and wish them the best in their marriage. But, as proven by the groom s parents, all the pomp and ceremony in the world cannot guarantee a happy marriage. In other words, a marriage takes hard work, communication, honesty and LOVE and not just a beautiful dress or an awesome ceremony.
When two people honestly love each other, are committed to each other and strive to become one flesh; then a marriage can work and continue working for 40, 50, 60 or more years. When the love dies, the commitment wavers and there no longer is any desire to become one; that is when a marriage fails, infidelity appears and one becomes two.
I do indeed look forward to the time when our "Groom", Jesus Christ, comes to escort us to that great marriage feast in the heavens. But until then, I must redouble my efforts to remain faithful to my Lord even in His absence.
I have always deeply respected those couples who marry and then the husband or wife is called to active duty in the military and may be gone for many months. My own dad was sent to Alaska in 1941 and did not see my mom or his one year old daughter for more than 3 years. But, in spite of the incredible sacrifice imposed on my parents just two years into their marriage; they remained faithful to each other and ended up being married for 59 years when my dad passed away.
Do we have the commitment and love for our Lord Jesus to remain faithful to Him until He returns? Do we appreciate and love Him enough to honor our vows whether He is here with us or not? Of course it is difficult to function without our beloved here in the flesh, but He has promised to come back and it behooves us to remain faithful to Him no matter how long it is until He returns.
Love and commitment can overcome time and distance. That is why with both our spouse as well as our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, everything within us should be directed to remaining faithful all the days of our lives.
I know and love the "love of your life" like a sister (and have had the pleasure of sampling her wonderful cooking as well as hospitality) so I know that without question that you are blessed with " Blest "!
There are times when He does not seem "close by" but still... we must remain faithful to God, no matter what!
As someone married for 26 years, I often tell people that a chord of 3 strands is not easily broken. When God is present in our marriages it makes all the difference in the world. Praying [i]with[/i] each other in addition to praying [i]for[/i] each other is so essential. What a tremendous gift He has given us, to be able to love our spouses. But it pales compared to how much He loves US.
Thanks for sharing!